Nick Brossette leads University to 46-32 win over Parkview Baptist in Division II state title game _lowres

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --University High's Tre Jackson (25) makes a leaping catch in front of Parkview Baptist's Sam O'Brien (33) in the first half of the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic Division II select state championship game Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Plenty of high school football prospects make their college choice while on a visit to the school or shortly after.

University High wide receiver/defensive back Tre Jackson did it his way, and that meant waiting more than a month to commit to South Carolina.

The 5-foot-10, 176-pound senior-to-be announced his commitment to the Gamecocks on Saturday night via Twitter. Jackson earned Class 3A all-state and all-metro honors last season with 45 catches for 876 yards and nine TDs.

“I went to camp (at South Carolina) in early June, and they offered me then,” Jackson said Sunday. “It’s a school with great facilities and amazing coaches. The academics are good. This takes a huge load off my shoulders. Now I can concentrate on the season and helping the team go back and win another championship.”

Jackson is the second receiver/defensive back from U-High to commit. Malik Antoine committed to Stanford in the spring.

The Cubs won the Division II select state title last fall and were the Division II runner-up in 2013. Jackson said Oklahoma and North Carolina were his other finalists.

“I’ve been working on running routes better and on being more durable,” he said.

Jackson said he already has met the NCAA’s academic qualifying standards and plans a pre-physical therapy college major.